Hey guys! Happy Monday morning. At least it’s definitely happy for me because I’m enjoying a 3-day weekend in my PJs on my couch! I have today off because I’m working this weekend…. definitely appreciating another day to get some R&R.
This weekend was just what I needed after a long and stressful week last week. Here’s a recap:
Friday: Great start to the weekend
My car has seemed like it was driving funny (a little slow to accelerate) for the past few weeks. I got it checked out on Friday at my usual car place (just recently got all new tires there). I honestly cringed at the thought of taking it in because I had no idea if or what was wrong with it or how expensive it would be.
The owner of the car place personally drove it himself, looked at everything and even hooked it up to his diagnostic computer to check things out. Not only was everything fine with my car, but he came out and talked to me when I picked it up AND didn’t charge me anything.
I told you guys that I moved to a tiny town outside of the city earlier this year. While there are drawbacks at times, stuff like this makes me appreciate a simpler way of living. Things like this happen all the time. It was a great way to start the weekend!
At the last minute on Friday, I offered to volunteer at a race sponsored by the local running store. Our hospital mans the booth at the finish line handing out water and food and they were short on volunteers. I didn’t have any plans so I figured, why not?
The weather was pretty much perfect for an August evening… no rain, not too hot. I tried someone’s neem oil (an essential oil) after they told me it is used to repel mosquitos… and it worked! I h.a.t.e. the smell of OFF so I was happy to learn this. You should try it out sometime! It smells kind of like Christmas.
I chatted with one of my coworkers about my knee (he knew the backstory) and he suggested that when I’m ready to try running to try trail funning first. I don’t know why I never thought of this but I am within 15 minutes of some *amazing* trail running sites. Now I’m kind of exciting. Who wants to come with me?
It was fun watching all of the runners cross the finish line. My job was to fill water cups… turns out that gets pretty intense around the 35-minute mark!
My favorite part of the night was watching an older gentleman cross the finish line at the very end of the race. It had been almost an hour and he was the 2nd-to-last finisher. Many people would be disappointed in that situation but he was SO excited, pumping his fists and smiling. Just a reminder that we are all running our own race.
Per usual, I hit up the local farmer’s market for some produce on Saturday morning. By the way, how cute is this little market?
My veggies for the next few days:
I think some of the farmers consider me a regular now, and I’m cool with that! One wanted to know how I liked the yellow watermelon, and tried to persuade me to get some type that is really light pink on the inside. I stuck with my usual this week… I have a hard time stepping out of my comfort zone when it comes to watermelon!
Middle Eastern Lunch
Then I met my friend Courtney for lunch at Le Kebab. If you are looking for a good middle eastern restaurant in north Charlotte then you need to check this place out! So good. I always get the pick 3 appetizer and go with the hummus, grape leaves and falafel. Any Saturday that involves falafel is good in my book.
Courtney is a fellow RD and we talked about things like tube feedings over lunch. We are cool like that. We also had a discussion about how I hate taking pictures of myself for this blog. So I guess the picture of my food is all you’re getting there, haha.
Closing a Chapter
After lunch, I had to stop by my old apartment. My ex had still been living there but recently moved, so I had to get a few of my things before the apartment officially became vacant. I have been doing pretty well dealing my divorce, so I was kind of surprised at how weird this felt. Everything from pulling up to the apartment, going inside and leaving for the last time just made me kind of sad.
It’s hard when life doesn’t work out the way you thought it would.
But as I was sitting in traffic, my favorite song came on the radio and I saw a huge rainbow in the sky. I know it sounds corny but I thought of it as a sign that there are better things to come.
My workouts really fell to the wayside this week with all of the vertigo stuff. Each day has gotten better though, and I was able to get back in the swing of things this weekend.
On Saturday morning, I went to the gym for some strength training. I did my usual: warm-up on bike, 3 sets of 10 on all of the leg machines, wall sits, and lunges. My strength training routine has been going very well, and it’s the 1 thing that I try to consistently do regardless of where I’m at physically. I’m able to do more and more without modifications and increase my weight a little bit. My leg also feels stronger.
I mustered up the courage to try out my bike on Sunday. I’m only having slight equilibrium issues when I lean down, so I felt like riding was safe at that point. I don’t even know where to start with telling you about my rider other than to say it was completely awesome. I usually reach a point on a ride when I know I need to start taking it easy and turn around… not this time! I really pushed myself, rode fast, and even climbed a bit.
It has been a few weeks since my final dry needling session and I really wondered how my knee would do moving forward. I have been pleasantly surprised that things continue to progress and improve. With each good workout and ride, I feel like I’m getting more and more of my life back. It makes me so happy!
I think this post is getting long enough so I will not bore you with the rest of the details about my Sunday… except to tell you that I refinished this end table and really love the results. Can’t wait to share it with you guys!
Today: Day off! Woop! Trying to take care of food prep stuff so I can have meals on hand for the week.
Workouts: Today is another leg weights day and tomorrow is rest. Hopefully this leftover vertigo stuff will have completely resolved after that because I have not seen the pool in over a week.
To-Do List: I have a lot of dietitian-related stuff that needs to get done. I’m trying to get things in order to go to FNCE this year, I have to renew my CDR certification and I have yet to re-join the local dietetics association. Ugh, I still need to put together that damn Ikea dresser. Questioning why I ever bought that thing!
What did you do this weekend?
What’s coming up for you this week?
Anyone else going to FNCE this year?